T&T's Lalonde Gordon successfully opened his indoor season defending his men's 200 metres title at the Great Dane Classic in New York, USA on Saturday. The Zenith Velocity Athletic Club sprinter clocked 21.34 seconds to win section one of 19 in the timed finals at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.
In Birmingham, Alabama, National Association of Athletics Administrations senior "Sportsman of the Year" Jereem Richards featured in the men's 500m event at the University of Alabama (UAB) Blazer Invitational.
The reigning Commonwealth Games 200m champion and 2017 World Championships 200m silver medallist placed second with a time of 1:02.79, following UAB junior Leander Forbes (1:02.38) to the line.
At the same meet, field athlete Cherisse Murray of the host team (UAB) placed third in the women's shot put event with her best throw, her final attempt measuring 15.77m.
On the weekend, T&T had several athletes excelling on the college circuit including Coppin State University's Aaron Lewis, University of Kentucky's (UK) Dwight St Hillaire, Akanni Hislop of the Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tamia Badal of the University of Colorado.
Lewis won the men's 60m hurdles with 7.88 at the HBCU Battle at the Armory Track and Field Centre in New York. Earlier, the Coppin State senior won heat one in the preliminary round with 8.00 and advanced with the second-fastest time.
Coppin State senior Nku Henry competed in the 400m and placed 24th with his 54.27-clocking.
At the Kentucky-Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, St Hillaire placed second in the men's 200m with 20.97 at the Jim Green Invitational. The UK junior was sixth in the 60m final with 6.92 advancing out of the preliminary heats with 6.82 and fourth in the semifinals with 6.87 after placing second in heat one.
LSU senior Hislop crossed second in the men's 60m final with a 6.75-clocking at the LSU Purple Tiger meet at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Xavier Mulugata, another LSU senior, also lined-up in the dash and placed third in heat three and was 11th overall with 6.92. and did not reach the final.
Badal, a University of Colorado freshman, just missed out on a podium finish in the women's 60m hurdles final placing fourth with 8.73 at the Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colorado. She ran the third leg in the 4x400m relay timed finals and her Colorado team won gold with 3:49.98 after winning section two of two.
At the NAU Friday Night Duals, Flagstaff Arizona, Arizona State University senior Jeminise Parris also missed out on a medal in the 60m hurdles, placing fourth in the final with 8.54. She later placed fourth in the 60m heats with 7.85 and 19th overall.
On January 3, T&T's Andre Marcano also successfully opened his indoor season, sprinting to gold in the men's 60m at the Wagner College Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Marcano, running unattached, crossed in 6.80.